Solaris and Tamil - Latex/Xetex
By sivakumar on Apr 09, 2008
This is a continuation blog about my pet project of localising Solaris (Tamil, in particular). Recently had a chat with a friend of mine who has already authored a book (on Science) in Tamil and that is when he mentioned he uses Latex on Linux for his work. That started me to find out where Solaris is in this area.
I found that TexLive , a distribution of TeX that included support for Solaris and also had Xetex. Xetex supported Unicode fonts, that meant that I could use any Tamil font that I had. I initially tried to build TexLive 2007 from source code. Though the build was successful, there were some runtime errors about some missing files. Later, I downloaded the huge DVD iso image and installed it locally. Now, it is easy to do typesetting in Solaris too. Obligatory screenshot.
One point is Xetex seems to be slower on Solaris than Linux (both x86) only. I will have to see what leads to the slowness.